Citing a pattern of poor work, BCSO demotes investigator, records show

Investigator also ‘failed to thoroughly’ investigate alleged sex assault

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SAN ANTONIO – After a botched sex assault investigation and a history of poor work, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has demoted an investigator, according to records obtained Tuesday by KSAT 12 News.

Jesus De Luna was demoted from an investigator to a law enforcement deputy on July 28, according to the disciplinary records.

Last year, investigators discovered that Luna “failed to thoroughly” investigate a reported sexual assault that occurred in November of 2019.

De Luna did not work the case swiftly and showed the victim “an outdated photo” of a suspect “weeks after having the information.”

Investigators also cited De Luna for conducting surveillance without approval, trying to have a warrant approved by another supervisor against the orders of his direct supervisor and failing to update the county’s record management system, the records showed.

“You have been previously counseled, reprimanded, and disciplined for a similar pattern of behavior and despite progressive discipline you have failed to improve your job performance,” according to the disciplinary notice.

Officials wrote that De Luna’s work performance had the potential to impact the integrity of his cases and have a “detrimental effect” on the sheriff’s office.

De Luna was one of nine deputies who were disciplined in July, according to the suspension records.

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Fares Sabawi has been a journalist in San Antonio for four years. He has covered several topics, but specializes in crime, courts, open records and data visualization.